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    American University
    Jun 24, 2024  
American University Catalog 2020-2021 
American University Catalog 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Professional & Extended Studies


The School of Professional & Extended Studies (SPExS) offers specialized online and residential educational programs and courses for pre-college matriculation, experiential learning, and professional studies. The School offers degree credit, certificate, non-credit, as well as short-term continuing education opportunities for learners of all ages from high school graduates to working professionals. The School’s programs advance experiential learning, offer professional development opportunities, and promote intellectual growth aligned with market demands. Through a combination of classroom and workplace-based learning and immersive academic curricula, students gain new skills and ways of thinking for innovative learning, personal growth, and career redesign.

The School of Professional & Extended Studies hosts the American University Gap Program  for high school graduates; the Mentorship Program in DC  and the Mentorship Program in the UK , the renowned Washington Semester Program  and the Washington Semester Summer Internship Program . In addition, the English Language and Training Academy (Undergraduate) /English Language and Training Academy (Graduate)  (ELTA) is an intensive academic English program designed for students who plan to enter undergraduate or graduate studies in the United States. The School’s innovative, cross-disciplinary master’s degrees, credit-bearing, and non-credit professional certificates advance technical knowledge in applied professional fields such as health care, human resources, instructional design, measurement and evaluation, sports, technology management, and leadership coaching. These programs are built around a core of professional skills that can translate across professions and subject areas.

Through corporate, university and non-profit partnerships, the School also develops customized training programs to meet the specific needs of business, industry, organizations, and government agencies. The roster of experts in the School of Professional & Extended Studies supports the needs of global and diverse workplaces. The School boasts a faculty of scholar-teachers and leading practitioners as well as an extensive database of thousands of internship employers to support learners’ intellectual and career growth. The School’s internship advisors enlist technology and personalized advisement to support adult and traditional learners in advancing their professional development.

For more information about the School of Professional & Extended Studies and its programs, please call 202-895-4900, e-mail, or visit

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